The monetary policy debate since October 1979: lessons for theory and practice
Monetary theory and policy have been revolutionized in the two decades since October 1979, when the Federal Reserve under the leadership of Paul Volcker moved to stabilize inflation and bring it down. On the side of practice, the decisive factor was the demonstration that monetary policy could acquire and maintain credibility for low inflation, and improve the stability of both inflation and output relative to potential. On the theory side, the introduction of rational expectations was decisive because it enabled models of monetary policy to incorporate forward-looking elements of aggregate ...
Foreign exchange operations and the Federal Reserve
A note on the neutrality of temporary monetary disturbances
In the classical macroeconomic models constructed by Lucas (1972, 1975) and Barro (1976), monetary aggregates are assumed to be generated by a logarithmic random walk. This specification implies that all monetary growth is (a) unanticipated and (b) permanent.
Interest rate policy and the inflation scare problem: 1979-1992
Federal Reserve asset acquisition: a proposal, panel discussion
The phases of U.S. monetary policy : 1987 to 2001